Garda checkpoints were mounted across Donegal yesterday on the first day of the two-
The major policing operation saw gardaí patrolling towns and stopping cars to make sure journeys are “essential” and that people are following the ‘Stay at Home’ rule where possible.
More high visibility patrols are expected over the next two weeks, as the government directs every person to stay at home to limit the spread of Covid-19.
A list of essential workers was released yesterday evening to clarify who may travel for work during the lockdown. Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has advised essential workers to carry identification to show gardaí at the roadside.
Members of the public are allowed to travel to buy food and attend medical appointments. People are also allowed to get out for brief exercise within a 2km radius of their homes. All public and private gatherings outside of a single household have been banned.
Emergency legislation is due to be signed this weekend to give gardaí additional powers to enforce specific measures.
Gardaí in Donegal have offered assistance to anyone in isolation if they require aid. Contact Garda Stations in Letterkenny on 0749167100, Buncrana on 0749320540, Milford on 0749153060 (number temporarily out of order, please call Letterkenny 0749167100) or Ballyshannon on 0719858530.